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HISTORY

House of Gongs is a grassroots movement in a mission to cultivate a Filipino diasporic community that celebrates music and arts by honoring tradition and fostering innovation. Through immersive programs and learning spaces, we empower artists from diverse backgrounds to explore indigenous art forms, bridging living traditions with contemporary creativity. Our commitment is to nurture a space where tradition thrives, and where the fusion of indigenous knowledge and modern expression flourishes, enriching both our artistic landscape and cultural legacy.


The house of gongs core program is Gongster's Paradise. A festival of a collective of kulintang and Filipino indigenous music practitioners in North America. It is a 4-hour long festival showcasing kulintang and other Filipino indigenous music from its most traditional form to its modern interpretations.

The creative space was founded by cultural practitioners, Ron Querian and Lydia Querian who find passion in indigenous knowledge, music, and traditions and are passionate about connecting with different tribal communities and their living master artisans all over the Philippines.

Our organization, driven by witnessing the challenges faced by Filipinx in the US regarding cultural identity and well-being, uses art as a transformative tool. Historical and minority struggles lead to a sense of identity loss. In today's assimilated environment, Filipinx individuals lack cultural guidance for personal growth.

 

Our project guides artists with traditional music knowledge, integrating it into their work. The music camp teaches Filipino Indigenous and traditional music, culminating in recorded works presented at Gongster's Paradise 2025, the only kulintang festival in North America. This showcases the evolving richness of Filipinx-American music and arts.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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